Preparing for Disaster and Response

As many in the Heartland are affected by the continued flooding of the Missouri River, we are reminded of the many advances in disaster preparedness.     We have compiled a list of Emergency Resources in our Public Health LibGuide.     Reviewing the list reminded my of the many disasters which have occurred around the world in the past three years.    The following links were recently posted on the BHIC Blog.

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management web site
CHEMM was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, and many medical, emergency response, toxicology, and other types of experts. It will

  • Enable first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals
  • Provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, web-based resource that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible

Social Connections And Survival: Neighbors Matter
Doing disaster planning? Don’t forget to include the human factor. Consider this posting on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered: The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors

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